Chile: thousands of demonstrators demand the resignation of President Piñera

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Thousands of people demonstrated in Santiago de Chile on Friday, demanding the resignation of conservative President Sebastian Piñera, amid resurgent protests and violent clashes with police.

Some 10,000 people, summoned on social networks, gathered in the streets near the seat of government, protected by a strong police presence, to march on Alameda Avenue, the main artery of the Chilean capital.

Police used gas and water cannons to disperse groups of hooded men who threw stones at them and set bus stops on fire.

Dozens of protesters who breathed in the chemicals vomited and collapsed to the ground, AFP journalists said.

The whole of Chile will continue to take to the streets, until the president resigns, as long as he does not leave office, Chile will continue to mobilize, not only in Santiago, but all over the country, told theAFP Andrea Molina, a 36-year-old protester employed in a store.

The demonstration comes after several days of clashes between protesters and police, as well as the women's march that took place on Wednesday, on the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, which took place on Wednesday. ended in riots.

But Friday's rally was the biggest of the week.

A wave of protests interrupted by COVID-19

Without a leader or an organized group behind the calls to demonstrate, the mobilizations and violence have resumed in the streets of the center of the capital, but without the influx of those of the past year. Demonstrations also took place in the towns of Concepcion (south), Antofagasta (north) and Valparaiso (center).

An unprecedented wave of protests erupted in October 2019 and was interrupted by the coronavirus pandemic, which hit the country hard.

After the October 25 referendum, where an overwhelming majority of the electorate voted for a new Constitution that would liquidate the legacy of the dictatorship of the Pinochet era (1973-1990), the protest movement weakened, before resurface for at least a week.


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